RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2016

Jess Buckle
14 years old from Writhlington School, Radstock
KS3/P7-S2 Finalist

About Jess

Jess is an extraordinary young gardener who changes peoples’ lives through her love of plants. Jess joined the school orchid project three years ago as a very shy girl but has since developed into a confident and fearless young person. She delights in talking about her plants at shows and even runs lectures for nearby gardening clubs. Jess has a real passion for growing good plants.

Judges' comments

“Wow. Jess is an exemplary young scientist and future botanist. She has had some amazing experiences travelling the world and has done a lot to help others. Keep up the wonderful work!”
“Writhlington is like Hogwarts for plants(!) and Jess is clearly a very talented young lady who is in her element. Her passion shines through and I’m certain she will continue to win awards and excel.”
“Jess has had a wonderful journey, building her confidence through horticulture to the point where she is now giving talks and lectures, and winning awards! She is very driven and I am looking forward to seeing more of her journey in the future.”

Jess' entry video


See the profiles of our other winners and finalists:

Fred Wilcox
Kenzo Marbrow-Wright
Molly Hall
Matthew Cossins

KS1/P1-2 Finalists
Alice Smallman
Harrison Coombs
Louisa Mossman

KS2/P3-6 Finalists
Imani Fenton-Roach
Jack Hazell
Rosanna Wright

KS3/P7-S2 Finalists
Dylan Ayling
Eòghainn Simpson

KS4/S2-3 Finalists
Keri Kerr
Liam Luckhurst
Thomas McBride

View the winners and finalists from previous years:

RHS School Gardeners of the Year 2015

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